Rescue group takes emaciated boxer, 12 pups

Doña Ana County Sheriff’s Department

The emaciated boxer picked up Monday by a Doña Ana County animal control officer is seen with some of her 12 puppies. A New Mexico rescue group agreed Tuesday to take all the dogs. (Photo courtesy of Doña Ana County)

A bony, starving and pregnant boxer-mix dog left tied up on a vacant lot in Doña Ana County is on her way to a new home with her puppies, thanks to a non-profit rescue organization in Rio Rancho.

The dog was picked up by a Doña Ana County Animal Control Officer on Monday. She gave birth to seven puppies en route to the Animal Services Center of the Mesilla Valley, and several hours later delivered her last puppy, bringing the total number in the litter to 12. Shelter officials originally thought there were 13 puppies, but miscounted.

Angela Stell, president and director of the group New Mexico Dogs Deserve Better, said she learned about the dog from a link to a news story posted to her Facebook page.

Stell said she contacted one of 20 foster homes in her organization that was willing to care for the dog and her puppies, and then contacted Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock at ASCMV to arrange for transportation to Albuquerque.

Thursday afternoon, a staff member of ASCMV drove all 13 dogs to Socorro to deliver them to Stell, who will take them to their new home.

Stell says the woman who will care for the dogs is a technician at an Albuquerque veterinary office and will provide the dogs their own private room, round-the-clock bottle feeding for the puppies, and specialized nutrition for the mother to put some weight on her.

“Our rescue focuses on chained dogs, so reading that she had been tied up made me want to get involved and try and save these dogs and get them the care and TLC they deserve.” Stell said. “Unfortunately, we see too much of this in New Mexico.”

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